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Malachi discusses issues of concern for the postexilic community in Judah. The discussion of problems with the priesthood and the offerings they present critiques the current running of the temple in Jerusalem, but does not hint at any deeper critique of the sacrificial cult such as those found in other prophets. Temple sacrifices and offerings remain of vital importance in Malachi, and must be done correctly.
The ending of Malachi (4:4–5) may serve as an epilogue to the entire series of the 12 Minor Prophets (Hosea-Malachi), which were grouped together in the canon of the Hebrew Bible at an early date and probably underwent their final editing as a discrete corpus. It directs the reader's attention back to the Torah of Moses, and forward in expectation of the future Day of Yahweh.